Dr. Cynthia Mitchell
Chief Medical Officer
As Chief Medical Officer for San Diego Humane Society, Dr. Cynthia Mitchell oversees a team 15+ veterinarians who provide lifesaving specialized surgeries, progressive treatments and long-term care and rehabilitation for animal patients in the care of San Diego Humane Society. The Veterinary Medical Department offers medical examinations, vaccinations, microchipping, diagnostic testing and dental procedures. The program is also equipped to treat animals with allergies, heart problems, basic orthopedic conditions and other injuries. San Diego Humane Society also performs more than 16,000 spay and neuter procedures each year, many at low or no cost. The organization’s Center for Shelter Medicine includes a pharmacy, evaluation and treatment areas, isolation ward, surgery suite, dental suite and recovery room.
Dr. Mitchell received her doctorate of veterinary medicine from the University of California-Davis, and completed an internship at the Animal Specialty Group in San Diego. She also has advanced training and experience in Emergency and Critical Care as well as gaining experience in teaching and management of veterinary interns and students.
Dr. Mitchell joined San Diego Humane Society in 2010. With her extensive background and passion, she has made it her mission to further enhance the medical offerings of San Diego Humane Society and support vital education programs related to shelter medicine in the veterinary field. These programs include clinical rotations for final year veterinary students, as well as developing a Shelter Medicine Veterinary Internship program to train the shelter veterinarians of tomorrow.